Small Town Oregon

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Join Get Out of Town Tours as we explore Small Town Oregon! These fun full day tours will help us step into the past, present and future of small towns in Oregon. We’ll see the remains of ones that didn’t make it and the quiet bustle of those that have. What niche have these successful small towns been able to hold on to? Come along and find out! These towns are much more than "suburbs of Portland". Many of them were established before Portland was considered a "city".

These tours are a mix of history, political science, country drives and "Main Street USA" - Oregon style!

All tours leave the metro area at 9:00 and return between 5-6 pm. All tours include lunch.  Choose one tour or take them all!  More Small Town Oregon Tours are coming soon.  Please check our website for more information -

Oregon City/Molalla/Canby

Today we’ll take you on a trip through time starting with the First American City West of the Rocky Mtns - Oregon City. We’ll drive through the historic McLoughlin District to view beautifully restored and maintained homes of years past and stop for tour of the McLoughlin House Historic Site and the Willamette Falls.

Next: Molalla - This former logging town has struggled in recent years but is making a comeback as more and more "city slickers" choose to live a rural lifestyle. Molalla is home to the famous Molalla Buckaroo and the Historic Dibble House.

Next Stop: Canby - This farming community is home to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and one of the oldest railroad stations in the Country. We’ll take some time to explore the now restored station that has become a museum.

As time and interest allows and depending on the date of your tour, we will also stop at local farm stands and or a winery or two.


Silverton and the Oregon Garden

This day tour takes us through Clackamas County Wine Country to beautiful, historic Silverton. We’ll stop at a winery in downtown Silverton or between Silverton and The Oregon Gardens*. In Silverton we will wander the streets to view the famous Murals and take in the old town charm of this wonderful town. After lunch (included) we will head to the Oregon Garden to wander among the flowers, plants and trees. All in all a wonderful, relaxing day!

*The wine tasting stop will depend on which winery tasting rooms are open. (Tasting fee not included.)

Oregon City - First American City West of the Rockies*

Today we visit the End of the Oregon Trial - Oregon City! There is plenty of geologic, Native American and American history to explore in the first American City West of the Rocky Mtns. We will visit the McLoughlin House Historic Site, The Clackamas County Historical Society Museum and the Stephens House. The two homes we visit represent two very different historical eras and architectural styles. With local, national, and British history all tied up within a few blocks this promises to be a busy, informative day!

After we visit these three museum we will stop to view the Willamette Falls (bring your camera!) The falls has its own history which we will discover today.

Whew, Time for a break! We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and then. . . . off to one more museum. This museum is another local home very much tied to the history of our state. After our tour of the Rose Farm we will visit the historical Mtn. View Cemetery.

*This tour is not for the faint of legs or feet! There is a lot walking/standing at the museums, but there are benches/chairs available in each place. Lunch included in the cost of the tour.


Oregon City/Aurora

Today we visit two beautiful historic towns with lots history to explore in each of these towns.

We start our day in Oregon City - the first American City West of the Rocky Mtns. We will visit the McLoughlin House historic site, and the Stephens-Crawford House. The two homes we visit represent two very different historical eras and architectural styles.

After a brief stop to view the Willamette Falls (bring your camera!) we head down the road to another historic town - Aurora. With a very different beginning Aurora’s history is fun and interesting. We’ll tour the Aurora Colony Museum, browse an antique store and have lunch.

Our relaxing return drive will take us through Clackamas County farm and wine country. Sit back and enjoy the ride!  We will stop at a winery or two as time and interest allows. (Tasting Fees not included.)